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Philip Nock, MA

Research Fellow and PhD Candidate (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer)


E-Mail: nock@uni-bonn.de
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Address: Römerstraße 164, D-53117 Bonn, Germany
Twitter: @NockPhilip

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Philip Nock is a research fellow in the research group "Infrastructures of China's Modernity". He studied "History, Politics and Society" at the Universities of Bonn and St Andrews (UK) and completed his Master in "Political Science" in Bonn and Toronto. Philip Nock is doing his dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Xuewu Gu at the Department of International Relations and Prof. Maximilian Mayer. He is part of the research collective "The Second Cold War Observatory."

Prior to joining CASSIS, Philip Nock was a research assistant at the Chair of International Relations/Center for Global Studies at the University of Bonn and a desk officer at the Department of Europe and International Affairs of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, he gained further practical experience in Berlin and Brussels at think tanks, non-governmental organizations as well as in the Bundestag.

Research Interests

Theories of International Relations | International Order | Power Studies | International Security and Technology Policy | US-China Relations

Doctoral Project

Awakening to the Era of Weaponized Interdependence? Semiconductor Production Networks, Sino-US Tech Competition, and European Responses

Digital Technologies have become an increasingly contested subject of international politics, particularly in relation to Sino-US relations. Since the so-called chip shortage at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected entire supply chains and industries, the high geographic concentration of global semiconductor production in East Asia was put in the spotlight. Subsequently, decision-makers worldwide have begun to rethink which consequences this (inter-)dependence has on the security and resilience of semiconductor supply chains and production networks and what role states need to play to reduce such vulnerabilities. Hence, the concepts of De-Risking and Reshoring (i.e. Home-, Near-, and Friend-Shoring) have received wide attention, ultimately leading the US Congress to pass the CHIPS and Science Act in 2022 and the European Parliament the EU Chips Act in 2023. Simultaneously, the Chinese government announced additional investments of 143 US$ to strengthen its domestic semiconductor industry. Against this backdrop, this dissertation examines the British, Dutch, and German involvement in the global production networks of semiconductor technology and how these states adapt their policies to external pressures, especially from their US-American partner and allies. For this purpose, the dissertation develops a two-fold theoretical approach, investigatin mechanisms of action via Weaponized Interdependence and the case studies' policy responses via a Neoclassical Realist model by analyzing policy documents and conducting expert interviews.

Research Projects


  • Strategizing about Outer Space: Europäische Mächte und ihre Weltraumstrategien im Kontext des Wettbewerbs zwischen den USA und China, in: Antje Nötzold, Enrico Fels, Andrea Rotter und Moritz Brake (eds.), Strategischer Wettbewerb im Weltraum Politik, Recht, Sicherheit und Wirtschaft im All, Springer VS: Wiesbaden (to be published in April 2024).
  • European Technological Autonomy - Realities, Aspirations and Illusions, December 2023, In: Nock et al. (eds.): Bonn Vision Lab - Envisioning Zeitenwende, Polis 180 - Regiogruppe Rheinland.
  • The Second Cold War: US-China Competition for Centrality in Infrastructure, Digital, Production, and Finance Networks, September 2023, Geopolitics (with Seth Schindler, Ilias Alami, Jessica DiCarlo et al.). Link
  • Über die Zukunft gibt es keine Tatsachen, nur Interpretationen, 2022, Blogbeitrag zum Summer of Security 2022, Polis 180 (with Maximilian Schranner). Link
  • Where are we heading? Eine junge Perspektive, November 2022, 49security (with Maximilian Schranner et al.). Link
  • COVID-19 Border Restrictions and Cross-Border Care Relations: The Cases of Germany and Vietnam, Mai 2022, Working Paper Series: Politics of Pandemics Care, 2 (with Katharina C. Cramer & Maximilian Mayer). Link
  • Politics of Pandemic Care: Exploring Disruption and Response in International Cross-Country Comparison, April 2022, Working Paper Series: Politics of Pandemics Care 1 (with Katharina C. Cramer & Maximilian Mayer). Link
  • Der US-Iran-Konflikt und die fehlenden Gesichter der Macht, September 2021, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, vol. 50, issue 3 (mit Christiane Heidbrink). Link
  • International Competition for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), October 2019, Center for Global Studies (with Xuewu Gu, Christiane Heidbrink, Ying Huang, Hendrik W. Ohnesorge & Andrej Pustovitovskij). Link
  • Geopolitics and the Global Race for 5G, Mai 2019, CGS Global Focus, Center for Global Studies (with Xuewu Gu, Christiane Heidbrink, Ying Huang, Hendrik W. Ohnesorge und Andrej Pustovitovskij). Link
  • EU-Canada relations on the rise. Mutual interests in security, trade and climate change, SWP Working Paper, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Research Division EU / Europe | WP Nr. 03, October 2018 (with Annegret Bendiek, Milena Geogios, Felix Schenuit & Laura von Daniels). Link

Last updated: 05 March, 2024

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